Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A Photo Journal of a Day in the Life of a Georgia Tech Student

A while back, I wrote an article entitled “Reason #1 We Hate Georgia Tech: The Fans.” I’ve now come to the conclusion that it is really unfair for me not to allow a Tech Student to tell his side of the story. I’ve found a Tech student who gave me a photo journal that he did last year on November 26, 2005, the day Georgia defeated Georgia Tech for the 5th time in a row. Here is what he gave me:A while back, I wrote an article entitled “Reason #1 We Hate Georgia Tech: The Fans.” I’ve now come to the conclusion that is really unfair for me not to allow a Tech Student to tell his side of the story. I’ve found a Tech student who gave me a photo journal that he did last year on November 26, 2005, the day Georgia defeated Georgia Tech for the 5th season in a row. Here is what he gave me:

Hi, everyone. My name is Dinty Collins, and I am a sophomore at Georgia Tech. Here are a couple of pictures of me:

I have a Chihuahua named Gracie:
I am majoring in Computer Science at Tech’s College of Computing and hope to one day receive a Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction. Here is a photo-journal that I did on November 26, 2005, when I attended my very first Georgia Tech-Georgia game. Enjoy.

8:30 a.m. – I woke up this morning to the serene sound of cars roaring down I-85. I looked out my window across the picturesque Georgia Tech Campus and, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, gave thanks that I am fortunate enough to attend such a beautiful and exciting institution.

10:00 a.m. – I decided to spend an hour reading over my textbook for my Anthropology final that will be coming up soon. I was previously having trouble getting down the nuts and bolts of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, but after discovering a drawing of the theory that I can finally relate to, I master the theory in no time.

11:00 a.m. – I headed over to the athletic department for a tutoring session with Reggie Ball. I spent all of Friday preparing a power point presentation and diorama to help Reggie better understand the concept of four downs. After going over the presentation and diorama with Reggie, I posed a hypothetical to him: “Reggie, suppose Georgia Tech has just gotten the ball and it is 1st and 10. You badly overthrow Calvin Johnson on two consecutive plays. What down would it be now?”

Reggie’s response: “What does the scoreboard say?”

Noon – I went to lunch at The Varsity with my girlfriend. She was Miss Georgia Tech in 2004 and is widely considered the best looking girl of the 7 girls on campus.
1:30 p.m. – I headed over to my fraternity house to hang out with my fraternity brother and best friend, Nehemiah. Nehemiah is one of the most popular guys on campus after being named “Georgia Tech Gamer of the Year” last spring.

2:00 p.m. – Nehemiah and I became very excited when we found out that Wes Wilson, an alumnus of Georgia’s Tech College of Computing, was going to be a contestant on The WB’s Beauty and the Geek 2. Here is a link to the College of Computing’s article on his accomplishment: http://www.cc.gatech.edu/content/view/757/570/. Both Nehemiah and I were further encouraged by the website’s description of the show: “[T]he reality show tests whether eight attractive women, who get by on their looks, and eight intelligent men, with limited social skills, can live together under one roof in order to become the total package.”

The whole fraternity then got online to fill out applications to be on the next season of Beauty and the Geek.
3:00 p.m. – Nehemiah, three other fraternity brothers, and I put on our costumes and headed out to our weekly live-action role playing session. I was especially excited about the session because I was hoping to become a Level 8 Druid by the end of the session. Things started off extremely well as I vanquished 2 warlocks and a mysterious wizard named Zandorf within the first hour. However, my run came to a close when I was ambushed by 3 ninjas. I managed to fend them off at first, but after one of them hit me with fairy dust, my time was done. Here is a shot of me fighting valiantly just before my demise.

5:30 p.m. – I received a phone call from my younger brother, Remy, who is a senior in high school. He was very excited because he had just received an acceptance letter in the mail from Georgia Tech. Remy was somewhat concerned about getting into Tech because his SAT score was a little below what is usually required. However, he attached to his application a copy of his senior picture, and the admissions board said in the acceptance letter that the picture “demonstrated that he embodied every quality we look for in a future Georgia Tech student.”

5:45 p.m. – During the course of my conversation with Remy, he asked me whether I was going to the game tonight. I responded that I wasn’t aware there was a game tonight. After hanging up, I looked online and discovered that Georgia Tech did indeed have a game at 8:00 against the University of Georgia. This confused me greatly as I was not aware that Georgia Tech played football games on Saturday.
6:15 p.m. – After changing into my 2003 Humanitarian Bowl Champions t-shirt and Starcraft sweat pants, I put on a pair of mandals and headed out for the game. When I arrived at the stadium, I was shocked to discover that the stadium was almost filled to capacity. I was also surprised that many of the promotions available for past games (such as “Free Admission for anyone who was actually alive the last time Georgia Tech went to one of what are now known as the 4 BCS bowls”) were not available for this game. Also, I was a bit taken aback by the fact that half the fans at the stadium were wearing red, as I was almost certain that Georgia Tech’s colors were yellow and black.
6:30 p.m. – While making my way to my seat, I caught a glimpse of this white English Bulldog in a red jersey barking on the sideline and, for some unknown reason, promptly soiled myself.
6:45 p.m. – After a trip to the restroom, I rejoined my fraternity brothers to cheer on the Jackets.

7:30 p.m. – I became somewhat bored with the pre-game warm-ups and pulled out my laptop and logged onto the net to check on the status of my Second Life avatar, which is a medieval cobbler. For all you UGAy fans who don’t know what an avatar is, here’s a link to Wikipedia’s description -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar_(icon.

After purchasing a new cape for my avatar, the game began and I put my laptop away.

9:30 p.m. – An intermission that I’m told is called halftime arrived. I don’t understand that much about football, but I do know that my fraternity brothers were very encouraged by the fact that the score was 7-7 at halftime. They explained to me that not being out of the game at halftime is very rare in this series.
11:00 p.m. – Reggie Ball threw an interception and it became obvious that Georgia Tech was going to lose yet again. When the ABC cameras were turned in my direction, I pretended to be disappointed with the game, but I was really plotting a way to slay the mythical beast I would inevitably encounter later that night on Everquest.
11:15 p.m. – Upon exiting the stadium, many of my fraternity brothers started telling UGA fans that UGA may have won the game, but we win in life. They then began to shout “Florida owns you!” and “14 out of 16!” to the UGA fans. I asked one of my frat brothers about the meaning of these chants, and this was his explanation:

“Florida is a school that is one of UGA’s biggest rivals and has defeated them 14 of the last 16 years in football. Since Georgia Tech is incapable of defeating UGA with any regularity, we have to depend on Florida to get the job done. You know how we all prefer to live vicariously through our Second Life avatars? Well, Georgia Tech football fans prefer to live variously through Florida.”

11:45 p.m. – At the frat house, I noticed pictures of two men hanging over the mantle.

My brothers explained to me these men are Bobby Ross and George O’Leary, the two most successful coaches of the post-Bobby Dodd era. Combined, they won a staggering 58% percent of the games they coached and went 5-8 against Georgia (“depending on whether or not you count the ’98 to ’00 victories, which we do” my frat brothers add).

Midnight – My fraternity brothers and I decided to throw caution to the wind for a night and went to the liquor store to purchase a 6 pack of Zima each. We went back to the fraternity house and started drinking the Zima and re-enacting our favorite Star Trek scenes.

1:15 a.m. – Halfway into my third Zima, I passed out on the floor.
10:00 a.m. – I woke up badly hung over after a night filled with nightmares about the English Bulldog in the red shirt and this man who threatened to physically assault me after the game:
10:15 a.m: I returned to my dorm room for another Sunday of online gaming, thus concluding my first taste of the debauchery and hard living that is the Georgia Tech – Georgia game.

Disclaimer: The Georgia Tech students represented in this article (though almost identical to Tech students you may encounter this weekend) are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons attending Georgia Tech is purely coincidental.